Hello! Im scared of getting a job because I feel like I'd mess up and embarrass myself. I understand that I should just do it, but i'm scared. /:
No need to feel embarrassed! The job hunt is stressful for everyone, that’s why we have written a TON of blogs about it. I’m not sure if
you mean working/resume building while you’re in school or after you graduate,
so I’ll give you some resources for both! :)
“The most common thing that I get is, ‘Am I the only one who doesn’t think that Anna Kendrick is pretty? And you’re like, ‘No, you’re not the only one. Arguably, all of the boys in my high school agree with you.’”
There are a few ways to go about it, and no single way is the right way. (I worked with my first film company through a friend of my mom’s.) Here are some good ways to start if you don’t live in a major city:
-Use the internet. I have simply Googled “production company in [insert town]” and gotten lots of results, even if that place was outside the city. There are specific websites dedicated to finding film jobs, but I have had little luck with those. LinkedIn, however, is great for any career and you can find companies as well as individual filmmakers by searching the website or your digital connections. -Shop like a customer. Businesses are more concerned with getting their name out to clients so if you look for them like you are a customer, you will have an easier time. For example, you could search for “wedding videographer” and find a bunch of little companies marketing their services. If you live near a school, cheat the system and look for film students who need extra help (even if it’s just being an extra.) -Use your established interests. If you are into conventions, approach people who are filming there and talk with them, get a business card. If you are religious, ask people in your parish/religious center if they use videos made by a local filmmaker for events/discourse/etc. If you are into journalism, ask your school/local paper if they have a media branch. (I’ve personally had success with all three of these!) -Ask the people you know. A lot of times, there are small indie film companies that don’t show up on any radar unless you talk to people. If you know someone who likes photography, see if they know a lighting person, or ask who taught them. If you know thespians, ask them if their peers or teachers have ever acted in front of a camera. -Film festivals. There are thousands of film festivals every year, not just big city ones, but festivals in smaller towns. Go to some festivals and talk with people. Meet other filmmakers or film enthusiasts and watch good films.